Types of Aid

Claremont McKenna College is committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need of all admitted students, including U.S. citizens or permanent residents, DACA or undocumented students, and international students. The four primary forms of financial aid are grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans.

Grants are a type of financial aid award often based on financial need and do not need to be repaid. CMC has three pools of grants: federal, state, and institutional. Students must be enrolled at least half-time to receive federal grants, and full-time to receive institutional grants. Please note that international students are only eligible for institutional grants.

Scholarships are gift aid that do not need to be repaid. The two primary types of scholarships are merit-based scholarships and private outside scholarships.

Work-study is a program that provides part-time employment while you are enrolled in school. CMC offers both federal and college work-study for eligible students.

Loans are a type of financial aid award that help students pay for their college expenses and that must be repaid.

Military/Veteran Assistance can be used with financial aid to help cover the cost of attendance.